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The Last Of Us Remastered Patches In PS4 Pro Support

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Naughty Dog has patched The Last of Us Remastered to add PlayStation 4 Pro support according to a post on the official PlayStation forums. Patch 1.09 for The Last of Us Remastered and…

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MotherHydra
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Everyone should play this game. In the case of The Last of Us, I think the effort to update for 4K is similar in concept to conserving a painting. I'm still blown away by the game's characters and writing in my successive play-throughs despite knowing all the emotional gut punches and twists. More games need to be updated and cleaned up so we don't lose all these special experiences to neglect and obsolescence. Side note: this game must kick up dust in the room, helluva eye-waterer.
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There Is NES Golf Hidden Inside The Switch’s Firmware

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You may recall a couple of months ago that a built-in Nintendo Switch emulator had been discovered by modders. The emulator only came with the word “flog”, and modders have managed to figure out what that word means. “flog” is “golf” backwards, and it turns out that an old game, NES Golf, has been hidden […]



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MotherHydra
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Not only is Golf hidden in the firmware, the controls have been updated to work with the Switch's motion-control-sensitive Joy-Cons. This bit is noteworthy in itself, Nintendo traditionally leaves a "legacy" control scheme in place in lieu of updating the old code for new hardware (see: turning the wii remote on its side to play NES Virtual Console games).

I can think of several NES games that would be a blast with motion controls. Tiger Heli anyone?
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Gearbox Software Quietly Shutting Down Battleborn

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Gearbox Software’s Battleborn is seemingly coming to an end, following its launch in May of last year. Battleborn’s creative director Randy Varnell confirmed the game’s next update would be its last, and that’s that. Despite the game’s active development being definitively shut down, Varnell promised that “servers will be up and active for the foreseeable future.”…

The post Gearbox Software Quietly Shutting Down Battleborn appeared first on Niche Gamer.

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MotherHydra
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AND nothing of value was lost.

When the CEO of your company acts the fool and shits on gamers, don't be surprised when gamers vote with their dollars. Randy Pitchford has strayed afield of what made Gearbox successful to begin with and the consequences are just.
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Kernel Extensions in High Sierra

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Felix Schwarz:

Apple has softened its tone regarding #Kext blocking in #HighSierra:

  • No more stop signs
  • “User-Approved” instead of “Secure”. Progress!

Felix Schwarz:

Fun fact: if the Security & Privacy prefs pane is already open while installing a new #kext, no “Allow” text or button is shown.

Felix Schwarz:

Fun fact 2: other than what the TN suggests, #kexts installed together, but in different locations, are approved together. Sometimes. 🙃

Felix Schwarz:

Fun fact 3: This is what happens when you try to “Allow” a #Kext using Screen Sharing: nothing. Remote admins will “love” this.

He’s filed a bug that goes into detail about some of the user experience issues and how it would be better if Apple provided an API for apps to request approval or had a review process for Apple-signed extensions to install without approval:

The “System Extension Blocked” alert gives the average user the impression that an app tried to do something fishy or dangerous and was stopped by the operating system. Or - even worse - that this is a trick alert brought up by the app that tries to trick users into opening System Preferences and removing safeguards there.

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In its current state Secure Kernel Extension Loading in macOS 10.13 does not provide a good experience for either users or developers. In fact, if this feature ships as it is now, shipping a kext becomes a risk for the reputation of legitimate developers due to the optics of this feature's implementation.

Previously: Little Snitch 4 Public Beta.

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peelman
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I love that the conversation is always “users” and “developers”, when the people most burned by this bullshit are systems admins trying to fix and/or administer machines that may be innumerable or thousands of miles away.

There should be NO way for a system security focused thing to make it through QA to general release without a corresponding set of capable, scriptable command line tools that can interact with every bell and whistle and preference and option the developers baked into the app.
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PCalc updated for new Apple hardware and... augmented reality?

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A collection of augmented-reality items in my laundry area, inside a calculator. Because, why not?

James Thomson’s venerable calculator app PCalc has been updated today on all its platforms, including iOS and watchOS, MacOS, and yes, tvOS.

My daughter’s doing pre-calculus this year and I have been reminded that I am apparently the go-to math expert in our house due to the year of college calculus I took during the late 1980s. I have forgotten more math than I remember, but wise people like Dr. Drang will tell you that PCalc is the best scientific calculator for Apple platforms.

PCalc has always mixed its massive amount of mathematical functionality with a bit of whimsy. At one point Thomson introduced a feature that would blot out the questionable words you can type using numbers. He’s doggedly figured out ways to create functional calculator interfaces on the Apple Watch and Apple TV, two places you might not expect to need a calculator.

Now there’s PCalc 3.7 on iOS, which features all those great math features you’d expect, plus support for Apple’s latest stuff, including iOS 11 drag and drop (and drag and drop on macOS for the first time too), resizable digits, iPhone X support, and 40 different custom icons.

Then there’s the About screen, which features a complete augmented-reality playground, where you can drop 3D objects into your living room. There’s also a car you can drive around. You heard me. A car.

Keep PCalc weird, I say.

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MotherHydra
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James Thomson is a certified badass.
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Next Final Fantasy Game Will Try To Recreate How ‘Players Felt With Zelda Breath Of Wild’

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which launched in March has inspired many developers and one such developer is Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata. GameSpot managed to catch up with him during PAX West and talk about what he has planned next. Interestingly, he really wants to recreate the feelings that players experienced […]



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MotherHydra
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An admirable goal. Breath of the Wild really motivated and inspired devs.
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